The oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the nation goes down every year right here in the streets of Philadelphia. Now in its 97th year, the annual holiday celebration promises a visual and festive feast.
The 1.4-mile 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade marches massive floats, giant balloons, local performers, dance groups, marching bands and more down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. And, in addition to an array of special celebrity appearances, Santa Claus shows up in grand fashion to officially usher the City of Brotherly Love into the holiday season.
- The parade takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
- The 1.4-mile route kicks off at 20th and Market streets and makes its way down Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
- The celebration is free and open to the public.
- Look forward to floats, balloons, performers and tons of live entertainment.
- Special guests include Santa Claus, Mickey and Minnie, Elena of Avalor and more.
Entirely free and open to the public, the parade creates a fantastic start to the holiday weekend filled with performances and familiar faces.
Other special appearances include those by Mickey and Minnie, Disney’s newest princess Elena of Avalor, several members of the Toy Story cast from Disney on Ice, characters from Mamma Mia!, The King and I and Dirty Dancing at the Kimmel Center, The Wizard of Oz characters from the the Walnut Street Theatre performance and Ginger Zee from Good Morning America.
The steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are always one of the best places to watch the action go down. Other locations along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, like Logan Circle, are also good bets. Stay tuned for information on the exact parade route as it’s released along with timing details.
In the meantime, save some space on Thanksgiving Day morning to bundle up with the kids or a group of friends and get ready head out for an early holiday treat.